While it might seem like you’ve got plenty of time to prep for winter, temperatures are already dropping in Boise. Colder weather is on the way. Luckily, there are tools you can use to confirm your home is ready. Here are some areas to focus on while you prepare for the winter ahead.
Windows can be a useful tool in keeping your indoor space warm throughout winter. First and foremost, assess to see if your windows need replacing. Newer replacement window models are typically more energy efficient as opposed to older models. Double-pane windows and other newer technology work to keep the cool air out and heat in your home. If you’re not in need of replacement windows, you should still check your windows to ensure they don’t need additional insulation. Gaps can bring temperatures down and make your home feel drafty.
Your curtains are another way to keep cozy. During the day, opening curtains lets in sunlight to create some extra warmth into your home. Once the sun sets, close the curtains to add a barrier between your windows and the warm air to reduce heat loss.
Your replacement doors can have a significant impact on the temperature in your home during the winter. As with windows, gaps around doors can reduce your home’s heating efficiency. You should check for gaps and seal them before winter starts. You should also think about installing a storm door. Storm doors provide an added barrier to your home, and can help optimize energy efficiency.
If you’ve seen some cracks in the exterior of your home, it is the ideal time to get them fixed. Deterioration to the outside of your home, especially wood surfaces, can be a sign of moisture damage. You’ll want to have a professional to evaluate the cracks and help you determine the best solution. And while you are checking the exterior of your home, be sure to protect exterior faucets to avoid burst pipes and harm to your home.
If you’re ready to invest in replacement windows or a storm door to keep your home warmer, give the Pella of Boise team a call at 208-373-0002, visit us in the Boise showroom or schedule an in-home consultation with us online. We will happily give you some assistance!